How to get started with a piano

Are you thinking of playing the piano? Do you wonder what more you need besides a good piano and instructor? Well, this article takes you into the piano world and things you should consider to get you started.

Find the right piano

There are different pianos to choose from. You need to take time to find the right one. Should you go with the traditional acoustic piano or a digital one? Are you looking for something portable or something you will always find and play at home? If you want the authentic “feel” of sound and the ability to control it then you should go for the Acoustic piano. If you want something portable with no need to tune, then you should go for the digital piano.

How do you wish to learn?

There are many options for learning the piano today. You can find an instructor to help you or you can learn the piano on your own. There are many interactive apps and online classes to help things along.

Learn the right technique

Playing the piano is more than gliding your fingers over the black and white keys. There is a technique to it. You need to learn how to properly position your hands. Your hands and ears are the keys to creating beautiful music, take care of them! Place then wrongly and you could end up damaging your wrist or forearm! Ideally, your wrist has to be kept loose without dipping down!

When you have the right-hand position, then you should look at finger numbering. This helps you play the right notes on the piano.

Make the keyboard a part of you

Once you can identify your keys and know your octaves, you are one step further into learning the piano! The traditional piano is split into 7 octaves. The piano keyboard is laid out in such a way that for every 12 keys, the notes repeat themselves. Once you identify the different keys (octaves), you will play the piano with relative ease!

Once you have identified the octaves, then you need to find Middle C. Inspect your keyboard; you will notice three black keys lying close together, then two black keys. This pattern will help you find the Middle C.  For every two black keys grouped, is a C note on the white key just below the lowest black key.

After learning the Middle C, you need to learn and name the notes. Following the Middle C, the order of the notes is D, E, F, G, A, B before landing you to another octave pattern and another middle C, and the note naming repeats.

Don’t be afraid of the Chords

After learning the notes and octaves, it is important to learn the Chords, especially if you will play modern music. As long as you master the art of counting your fingers, playing the chords will be a piece of cake!


Playing the piano is not as hard as it may seem at first, as long as you learn the different notes, learn how to position your hands, and purpose to practice till you get things right!

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